Speakers and Chairs


Dr Melissa Aronczyk Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Rutgers University, US, melissa.aronczyk@rutgers.edu

Melissa is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers University. She is the author of Branding the Nation: The Global Business of National Identity (Oxford, 2013) and the co-editor, with Devon Powers, of Blowing Up the Brand: Critical Perspectives on Promotional Culture (Lang, 2010). Melissa's current research interests include nationalism in global contexts, international political communication, and promotional culture.



Professor Richard Beardsworth Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, rib17@aber.ac.uk

Richard is a Professor of International Politics in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. He published extensively in French and German political philosophy in the 1990s before moving to International Relations in the mid-00s. He has since worked on the international political dimension of cosmopolitanism (see Cosmopolitanism and International Relations Theory, Polity Press, 2011). His interest lies in tying normative theory and political vision to empirical global challenges and in articulating the global with sub-global political formation. Richard is presently preparing a book on national political responsibility and leadership in a globalized world.


Professor Guy Berger UNESCO, Director, Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development, G.Berger@unesco.org 

Guy is UNESCO’s director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, based in Paris. Between 1994 and 2011, he was head of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, South Africa. He has represented UNESCO at various international fora dealing with digital issues, including the Internet Governance Forum, the Stockholm Internet Forum, and the Freedom Online Coalition annual conference. Guy is currently co-ordinating two areas within UNESCO’s Internet-issues study into online privacy, free expression, access to information and knowledge, and ethical issues of the Information Society – see http://www.unesco.org/new/internetstudy.


Tjabbe Bos, European Commission, DG CONNECT,  Tjabbe.BOS@ec.europa.eu

Tjabbe works as a policy officer at the European Commission, DG CONNECT, which is the service responsible for the Digital Agenda for Europe. He is involved with the implementation of the September 2012 Cloud Computing Communication (COM(2012), 529) on aspects of security and certification and the February 2014 Internet Policy and Governance Communication (COM(2014, 72) on aspects of conflicts of laws and jurisdictions. He holds a master's degree in both Information Management and Public International Law and is experienced as a policy officer on both technical and legal aspects of information policy. Before he joined the European Commission in 2013 he worked for several years as a policy advisor at the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands, where he was involved with information policy for the public sector, such as related to innovation management, open data, data protection and travel documents. 


Dr Madeline Carr Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, mac64@aber.ac.uk 

Madeline obtained her PhD in International Relations from the Australian National University in 2011. Her thesis examined the relationship between US power and Internet technology. After a short period teaching at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan, she accepted a position in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University to initiate a new Masters in the International Politics of the Internet. Madeline is currently researching the role of the public/private partnership in national cyber security strategies. She teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level on Internet Freedom, Internet governance, cyber security and the international politics of the Internet. Prior to beginning her academic career, Madeline worked for many years in film and television production and web hosting/design.


John Carr (OBE) Secretary of the UK Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety, john@johncarr.eu 

John is the Expert Adviser (Online) to ECPAT International (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography And Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) based in Bangkok, Thailand. He is also a Senior Expert Adviser to the Child Online Protection Programme of the United Nations (ITU). In 2012 John was appointed a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economic and Political Science. Based in the UK, John is a member of the Executive Board of the UK Government’s Council on Child Internet Safety. John has been published in several peer reviewed periodicals and regularly appears in the media commenting on online child safety. He has also written on the subject of children and the internet for The Guardian, The Times, The New Statesman, The Daily Telegraph and many other publications both within the UK and overseas.


Professor Marianne Franklin Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths College, University of London, m.i.franklin@gold.ac.uk  

Marianne  is Professor of Global Media and Politics and Convener of the Global Media and Transnational Communications MA Program at Goldsmiths (University of London). Over the last two years she has served as co-Chair of the Internet Rights and Principles Coalition at the UN Internet Governance Forum which is the homebase for the Charter of Human Rights and Principles for the Internet. Her latest book, Digital Dilemmas: Power, Resistance and the Internet, is out with Oxford University Press. 



Professor Georg Glasze Institute of Georgraphy, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, georg.glasze@fau.de

Georg holds the chair of Cultural Geography at the University Erlangen-Nürnberg and is member of the Erlangen Centre Digital Social Sciences and Humanities. His interests include Critical Cartography and Geoweb-Studies. His research and teaching focuses on newer approaches in social- and cultural geography (especially discourse theoretical approaches), emphasizing the "constitutedness” of geographies and analyzing how it is that specific spaces are (re-)produced – that is to say delimited, institutionalised, materially established etc. Georg was a visiting fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute in 2014.


Mike Godwin Senior Legal Advisor, Global Internet Policy Project, Internews, mgodwin@INTERNEWS.ORG

Mike is an American attorney and author. He was the first staff counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the creator of the Internet adage Godwin's Law of Nazi Analogies. From July 2007 to October 2010, he was general counsel for the Wikimedia Foundation.
In March 2011 he was elected to the Open Source Initiative board. Mike has served as a contributing editor of Reason magazine since 1994. He is currently a senior policy advisor at Internews.


Dr Georg Haibach European Commission, Civil Justice Policy Unit, Georg.Haibach@ec.europa.eu

Professor Christopher Harding Department of Law and Criminology, Aberystwyth University, csh@aber.ac.uk


Professor Martin Hochhuth Institute of Public Law, University of Freiburg, Germany, hochhuth@jura.uni-freiburg.de

Martin was born in West Germany, at close viewing distance to the border to the Communist East, some months before the Berlin Wall and a deadly fence were built. His father is a political playwright, his grandmother was a resistant fighter, executed by the Nazis in 1943. Martin studied law, philosophy, politics (and a little bit of history) at the faculties of Hamburg, Constance, and Freiburg, and has taught public law, philosophy of law, theory of law and comparative constitutional history at the Universities of Heidelberg and Göttingen and now at Freiburg. He has given lectures in Japan, Brazil and the United States. Martin is the author of Theory of the Relativity of Public Law (which tries to outline a new philosophy of individual freedom, state and law and their historical development) and Free Speech in the Constitutional System; his latest book proposes a solution to the financial crisis and tries to fight the international economic liberalism which made it possible. His strongest impact as a scholar so far is through a publication in the New Journal of Defence Law (Neue Zeitschrift für Wehrrecht) which stopped the tendencies to change the German constitution to allow the government to use the armed forces in case of domestic emergencies more easily. In many papers he tries to defend democracy or liberty (or both).


Professor Christine Hurt College of Law, University of Illinois, US achurt@illinois.edu 

Christine is the Rex J. & Maureen E. Rawlinson Professor of Law at the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University. Prior to joining the Faculty at BYU in 2014, Christine was a Professor of Law and the Director of the Business Law and Policy Program at the University of Illinois College of Law.  She teaches in the areas of business organizations, securities regulation, entity taxation, corporate finance and torts, and her published research has focused on initial public offerings, fiduciary duties, securities regulation, gambling and business ethics.  Prior to joining the Illinois law faculty,  Christine taught law at the Marquette University Law School, University of Houston Law Center and Texas Tech University School of Law.  After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law, she practiced in Houston, Texas at Baker Botts LLP and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager and Flom, L.L.P.


Richard Ireland Department of Law and Criminology, Aberystwyth University, rwi@aber.ac.uk


Dr Uta Kohl Department of Law and Criminology, Aberystwyth University, utakohl@hotmail.com

Uta is a senior lecturer at the Department of Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth University with research interests in internet governance and corporate governance (as well as internet corporate governance). She has written a number of articles on these themes and is the author of Jurisdiction and the Internet: Regulatory Competence over Online Activity (2007) as well as co-author of Human Rights in the Market Place (2008) and Information Technology Law (2011).



Cornelia Kutterer Digital Policy Director, EMEA, Microsoft Legal & Corporate Affairs, Brussels

Cornelia leads Microsoft’s digital policy efforts for Europe, Middle East & Africa with a focus on telecommunication, Internet jurisdiction, media and consumer laws. Prior to that role, she represented Microsoft in privacy, security & cloud computing regulatory matters. In September 2013, she was appointed to the Permanent Stakeholder Group of Enisa, the European Network and Information Security Agency. She has long standing experience in Information Society & Internet policies at European level and speaks regularily at regional and international conferences. Previously, Cornelia was Head of Legal Department and Senior Legal Advisor at BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation, driving the policy agenda for consumers’ digital life with a focus on intellectual property, data protection and e-commerce. She has also gained experience in a top 10 law firm in the fields of competition law and regulatory affairs and in a German trade organisation focusing on the freedom of services. She started her professional career in the European Parliament as a political advisor to an MEP in 1997. Cornelia  is a qualified German lawyer, and holds a master’s degree in information technology and telecommunication laws. She studied law at the Universities of Passau, Porto (Portugal), Hamburg and Strathclyde (UK).


Dr Jan Oster Faculty of Humanities , Leiden University, Netherlands, j.s.oster@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Jan is an Assistant Professor for EU Law and Institutions in the International Relations programme (MA European Union Studies) at Leiden University. His research interest lies in the law of information and communication, including publications on media law, the regulation of telecommunications network infrastructures, conflict of laws and the internet, the liability of information society services, the protection of reputation and privacy, and many others. Jan also teaches Private International Media Law and Telecommunications Law and Regulation at the Mainz Media Institute, and he works as an Of Counsel with the Cologne-based law firm FREY Rechtsanwälte.


Professor Gary Rawnsley Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, gdr1@aber.ac.uk


Professor Diane Rowland Department of Law and Criminology, Aberystwyth Unviersity, dor@aber.ac.uk


Professor Cedric Ryngaert Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance, Utrecht University, Netherlands, C.M.J.Ryngaert@uu.nl

Cedric is Chair of Public International Law at Utrecht University (Netherlands). He is the research team leader of a project on unilateralism and global values, funded by the European Research Council and the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research. Among other publications, he authored Jurisdiction in International Law (OUP 2008), and co-edited The International Prosecutor (OUP 2012). In 2012, Cedric obtained the Prix Henri Rolin, a five-yearly prize for international law and international relations for his work on jurisdiction. Cedric was co-rapporteur of the International Law Association’s Committee on Non-State Actors between 2007 and 2014. He is currently an editor of the Netherlands International Law Review, Human Rights and International Legal Discourse and the Utrecht Law Review. He has been guest lecturer at the Royal Military Academy of Belgium, the China EU School of Law, Reykjavik University, Université de Liège, Kent University, Hasselt University, and University College Lessius Antwerp. Cedric’s main research interests are: jurisdiction and immunities, non-state actors in international law, the law of international organizations, the interplay between human rights and general international law, international criminal law and post-conflict justice, and the role of domestic courts in the implementation of international law. 


Professor Stephanie Schiedermair Chair for European Law, International Law and Public Law, Leipzig University, Germany, stephanie.schiedermair@uni-leipzig.de

Stephanie is a Professor for European Law, International Law and Public Law at the Faculty of Law at Leipzig University, Germany and Coordinator of its LL.M-Master Program of European Integration. Prior to joining the Law Faculty in Leipzig, Stephanie worked as a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer for International Law and Media Law at the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz and has been a Research Fellow at the Monash University of Melbourne (2011), Australia and the Yale Law School of New Haven, USA (2010). Her current research interests focus on the protection of privacy under international law and European law, data protection regulation, freedom of expression and human rights aspects of new media. Another research interest lies in administrative law and peace and security law. Recent publications have focused on new data protection regulation of the European Union and the right to privacy.



Professor Jan Aart Scholte School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden,  jan.scholte@globalstudies.gu.se

Jan is Faculty Chair of Peace and Development in the School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg as well as Professor in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. His research covers globalisation, global governance, civil society in global politics, and global democracy. He is currently contributing to various discussions around accountability in Internet governance.



Professor Philippe Ségur Department of Law, University of Perpignan, France, philippe.segur@gmx.fr

Philippe is a Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Perpignan Via Domitia, with a particular interest in ancient/modern comparative law. He also works on liberties and human rights. He has written many articles and several books about public order, fundamental rights and political power, in particular an Introduction to Ancient constitutional systems, Asylum’s Crisis and Political Responsibility. His current main research topics are anomic territories, free and overlapping territories, laws conflicts and State’s borders. His thinking focuses on the spatial criterions of State law, political institutions and human rights. Philippe also edits for a university publisher and writes novels, for which he received several literary prizes.


Graham Smith Bird & Bird LLP, London,  Graham.Smith@twobirds.com

Graham is a Partner in the London office of Bird & Bird LLP, handling advisory and contentious work in the internet, IT and intellectual property fields. He is editor and main author of Internet Law and Regulation (Sweet & Maxwell). His published articles include Directing and Targeting – the Answer to the Internet’s Jurisdiction Problems? (Computer Law Review International, May 2004). He is a member of the Advisory Board of BNA's Electronic Commerce & Law Report and the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Law and Information Technology, and rated by Chambers UK Directory as a Leading Individual for Information Technology and by PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook as a Recommended Lawyer for TMT: Technology. Graham writes the Cyberleagle blog and tweets as @cyberleagle.


Professor Dan Svantesson Faculty of Law, Bond University, Australia, dasvante@bond.edu.au

Dan is a Co-Director of the Centre for Commercial Law at the Faculty of Law of Bond University, Australia and a Researcher at the Swedish Law & Informatics Research Institute, Stockholm University. He specialises in international aspects of the IT society, a field within which he has published a range of books and articles, and given presentations in Australia, Asia, North America and Europe. He is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2012-2016) with a project titled “Jurisdiction in the Internet era of cloud computing, Web 2.0 and geo-location technologies”. This project will (1) identify a set of core principles to govern jurisdictional claims over Internet conduct, and (2) produce a set of detailed model laws. Dan is the Managing Editor for International Data Privacy Law, published by Oxford University Press. He is a Member of the Editorial Boards for the International Journal of Law and Information Technology, the Commonwealth Law Bulletin, the International Review of Law Computers and Technology, the Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology and the Computer Law and Security Review.


Professor Barney Warf Department of Geography, University of Kansas, US, bwarf@ku.edu

Barney is a Professor of Geography at the University of Kansas with research and teaching interests within the broad domain of human geography. Much of his research concerns economic geography, emphasizing services and telecommunications, particularly geographies of the internet, including regional variations, internet censorship, and e-government. He has also studied a range of topics that fall under the umbrella of globalization, including New York as a global city, offshore banking, and international networks of financial and producer services. He has written on military spending, voting technologies, the US electoral college, and religious diversity; and authored, co-authored, or co-edited seven books, two encyclopedias, 33 book chapters and roughly 110 refereed journal articles. Currently, he serves as editor of The Professional Geographer, co-editor of Growth and Change, co-book review editor for Dialogues in Human Geography, and edits a series of geography texts for Rowman and Littlefield publishers. Barney has served on the editorial boards of the Geographical Review, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Growth and Change, Professional Geographer, Urban Geography, International Regional Science Review, and Geografiska Annaler. His teaching interests include urban and economic geography, the history of geographic thought, globalization, and contemporary social theory.


Lulu Wei Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society, Tilburg University, the Netherland, L.Wei@uvt.nl

Lulu Wei is a PhD Candidate of Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society, Tilburg University. She got her master degree of Law in the Law School of Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China in 2012 and started her PhD research in March, 2013. Her research interest lies in internet information regulation, the role of individual rights and private actors in the internet regulatory scenario, especially in the Chinese context. Her PhD research topic is the legitimacy challenges of the gatekeeper regime in the Chinese internet regulatory system. The PhD research is sponsored by the China Scholarship Council.